Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development

Department of Geography and Environment


Tel: [+44] (0)20 7852 3785

Room: STC 4.08, St Clement's Building, LSE

Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt is Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development, having joined the Department of Geography and Environment in October 2009 as a Lecturer. He is the programme director of the MSc REEF, as well as contributing to the MSc RUPS. Prior to joining the Department, he earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and worked as a research assistant for the Free University of Berlin. Dr. Ahlfeldt is an Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), CESIfo, and an associate of the Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin. His research concentrates on the effect of large transport projects and architectural developments on local house prices, local political preferences and urban structure. He is also interested in how various agglomeration forces shape the spatial concentration of economic activity.

His work has been published in leading field journals (e.g. Journal of Urban Economics, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Economic GeographyRegional Science and Urban Economics, Regional StudiesReal Estate Economics, Urban Studies, the Annals of Regional Science, the Journal of Regional Science, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research) as well as general interest journals (e.g. Econometrica, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, Economics Letters, Journal of Economics and Statistics, German Economic Review). His results have also been disseminated to a wider public audience via television, radio and webTV (ARD, RBB, UBrainTV) as well as various print media (e.g. BZ, The Boston Globe, The Economist, The Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,  The Telegraph, The Observer, Handelsblatt, Der Tagesspiegel, Welt, Wirtschaftswoche). His research has recently been supported by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, the German Science Foundation (DFG), the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines. This expertise has been commissioned by English Heritage  and the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce.

  • Empirical Research
  • New Urban Economics
  • New Economic Geography
  • Accessibility
  • Building Design Quality
  • Spatial Economics
  • Cultural & Media Geography

Selected recent publications:

  • G. Ahlfeldt, N. Holman: Distinctively different: A new approach to valuing architectural amenities, ECONOMIC JOURNAL, forthcoming 
  • G. Ahlfeldt, N. Wendland: The spatial decay in commuting probabilities: Employment potential vs. commuting gravity, ECONOMICS LETTERS, forthcoming 
  • G. Ahlfeldt, K. Moeller, S. Waights, N. Wendland: Game of Zones: The political economy of conservation areas, ECONOMIC JOURNAL, forthcoming 
  • G. Ahlfeldt, P. Koutroumpis, T. Valletti, Speed 2.0: Valuing universal access to digital highways, JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION, forthcoming
  • G. Ahlfeldt, W. Maennig, F. Richter: Urban renewal after the Berlin Wall: A place-based policy evaluation, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, forthcoming
  • G. Ahlfeldt, S. Redding, D. Sturm, N. Wolf: On the economics of density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall. ECONOMETRICA 83(6), 2127-2189

London faces skyscraper pressure unless planning laws change

Scarcity of land in London could result in the capital becoming a city of residential skyscrapers unless existing planning laws are altered, according to research by Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development at LSE. As long as outward growth is prevented by policies such as the ‘green belt’, the city will need to grow vertically as the population increases. Read more.


LSE and English Heritage report reveals the value of conservation areas

Houses in conservation areas sell at a premium and rise in value quicker than those elsewhere in the UK, according to new research from Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt and Dr Nancy Holman.

Their large-scale analysis of the effects of conservation areas on house prices in England was funded by English Heritage.




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